The following is a series of short exhortations, brief commentary and writings to convey thoughtful meditation on God's Word. I have chosen the Gospel of John as the subject. These articles will not run contiguously on this blog but peppered throughout and in the midst of other articles (though some might be posted consecutively). I pray that these will be a blessing and an edification for the saints
1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
In the last post, we saw the Messiah, the LORD Jesus invited, along with His disciples, to a marriage celebration. We are still there at Cana, and we see in vs. 3 that the party has run out of wine. In the midst of this crisis, Mary approached the one Person she knew that could help.
Life has a way of blind-siding us too often; it's during such times that we can learn quite a lot about ourselves. When crisis pounces on us, what is our initial response? Where do we turn for help? A bank? A doctor or lawyer? A counselor of some kind?
6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
Of course running out of wine at a wedding cannot even remotely be compared to the distresses that strike us with dizzying and dismaying effect - but the principle is the same. When such things occur, CALL UPON THE LORD!
This is precisely what Mary does; she approaches her Son, whose Father is Almighty God, Who Himself is God the Son - the Word Incarnate, and she tells Him of the need.
There are some that try to say that His response to her was less than completely respectful, calling her "Woman" and "what have I to do with thee . . . " But the tone in the Greek clearly reveals that He refers to her with a title of honor, and simply and gently reminded her that the time of His ministry hadn't fully arrived.
Her response? She turns to some servants who attended the needs of the wedding and instructs them: "Whatever He tells you to do, do it!"
A solid argument can be made that much of God's plan for our lives involves timing: specifically His timing, which is flawlessly impeccable. Consider God's timing in the revolving of galaxies, stars, and planets; in the changing of the seasons and in the rhythms of our own biological systems. Consider His timing when it comes to His revelation and fulfillment of biblical prophecy as well as His revelation of the Gospel in all of our personal lives. Consider God's timing where answers to our prayers are concerned.
The LORD Jesus was careful about following the timing for His life and ministry in accordance with the Father's will. We as Christians should highly esteem the truth in this matter: God's timing is everything! This is why I often pray that the LORD will give me a divine sense of punctuality, that I walk in step with Him; not lagging behind or running ahead. Such is a place free of self-imposed strife and tensions, where we can acknowledge His rest for us and understand that . . .
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Consider the entire chapter here in Ecclesiastes.
When our fellow saints come to us with problems, questions and situations we do well to consult the Scriptures with them and review all of the possible answers found therein; and then we should direct them just as Mary had those servants:
What ever He tells you to do, do it! We must encourage our fellow saints to seek the LORD, because while our counsel may indeed be biblical, there may be a specific course of action within that biblical spectrum that the LORD would have them follow. As saints we know that His sheep hear His voice (JOHN 10:16, 27) and follow Him as the faithful Shepherd that He is.
Others will offer counsel for the inquiring saint: well meaning pastors and other Christians, counselors who hold degrees in Psychology, those who esteem philosophical wisdom - all sources both good and bad will willingly offer their 'two cents'.
We acquire no better counsel than from the "Wonderful" Who is the Word; from the "Counselor" that is Christ!
May we ever and always seek the LORD for His will, for His guidance and His empowerment to follow Him throughout our lives where ever we may find ourselves - either at a wedding celebration or a wilderness experience.
Next time we shall continue at the Wedding of Cana and witness the LORD's very first miracle, the changing of water into wine; the title for this upcoming post will be "Vessels of Glory" based on JOHN 2:6-11. Until then, the LORD bless and keep you in His grace and peace!